The Norns spinning the thread of Destiny (by Arthur Rackham)
The Norns in Norse mythology are Goddesses who rule the destiny of Gods and men. The Norns spin the threads of fate at the foot of Yggdrasil, the tree of the world. Whereas the origin of the name norn is uncertain, it may derive from a word meaning “to twine” and which would refer to their twining the thread of fate. The Pagan Poppet
Pythagoreans Hymn to the Rising Sun. 1869. Fedor Bronnikov. Russian 1827-1902. oil/canvas.
A Young Girl and her Dog, 1910 by Sir Hubert von Herkomer (German-born English, 1849—1914)